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Should I Use CO For EWR-LHR-EWR?  
User currently offlineCaptainJon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4662 times:

Don't know if this is the appropriate forum to post it in, but I plan on going to London this summer. Since I am a OnePass member, I would prefer to use CO to get more miles. However, would the flying experience be better off on BA? I tend to fly with carriers to get miles (like going to TLV with CO over LY to get lots of miles); however, I've heard BA is top notch service, even economy. So I tried searching for past reports but nothing turned up.

Any suggestions/feedback I welcome it!

Thanks!

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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4642 times:

Please note that Continental is flying to London-Gatwick and not to London-Heathrow.

I flew transatlantic on both Continental and British Airways. They are both great airlines but I would choose Continental because of the miles you get as OnePass member (assuming you don't mind to fly to Gatwick instead of Heathrow).

Patrick


User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 4641 times:

Can you fly VS with your CO card? I think you can

User currently offlineCaptainJon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4628 times:

Hmm, I just entered EWR-LHR into Continental.com and it says operated by Virgin Atlantic Airways.

No, I don't mind flying to Gatwick, I haven't really flown that many carriers, but 95% of them were CO. Would VS be any different over CO or BA? I guess flying economy wouldn't make any of them much different, but if I use Continental.com, I get 100% miles, plus 500 bonus for using their website? Or not since its through another carrier (like Express Jet).


User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4601 times:

I believe this is a codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic.

In theory you can fly this sector and still receive the same miles as if you were flying a CO sector.

Thanks
Alex


User currently offlineCaptainJon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4582 times:

So if I fly to LGW it will be a continental plane, but if I fly to LHR it will be a VS plane? I never done codesharing before so sorry for my ignorance.

[Edited 2007-04-25 05:34:01]

User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4572 times:

Exactly right... If you haven't flown on VS, I'd give that a go.

User currently offlineAloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2362 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4571 times:

Quoting Swiftski (Reply 6):
Exactly right... If you haven't flown on VS, I'd give that a go.

Agreed. I have flown on VS 744s and CO 772s/764s and think that VS is worth a try (the IFE is superb), especially if you've flown CO alot and can earn OnePass Miles on VS.

-Aloha!



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User currently offlineCaptainJon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 4538 times:

Quoting Aloha73G (Reply 7):
Agreed. I have flown on VS 744s and CO 772s/764s and think that VS is worth a try (the IFE is superb), especially if you've flown CO alot and can earn OnePass Miles on VS.

sounds good to me. i'd be interested in trying VS. I would like to go on a 747 again.


User currently offlineAyubogg From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2007, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4511 times:

Quoting CaptainJon (Reply 3):
Hmm, I just entered EWR-LHR into Continental.com and it says operated by Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Take this option! VS is waaaay more top notch than BA and definetely CO. Now I'm not saying these are bad airlines but VS is just superb if you ask me.



Alba gu bràth
User currently offlineAlexPorter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4489 times:

The general consensus (personal opinions can and do vary) is that Virgin Atlantic offers the best flying experience between New York and London. As stated above, you can fly Virgin from EWR-LHR (and back) and earn Onepass miles. I would recommend doing that if the price is right.

User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 4478 times:

Quoting CaptainJon (Reply 3):
I haven't really flown that many carriers, but 95% of them were CO. Would VS be any different over CO or BA?

VS's IFE is much better than CO, but other than that I found CO to be the better carrier in terms of comfort. But since you'll get the same miles either way, pick whichever one you want. You can also get CO miles for flying VS from JFK, so you're not restricted to EWR.

-Mir



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User currently offlineCaptainJon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 4456 times:

Thanks for the advice. I still need to decide on the date I'll be going, but sounds like I'll have a go with VS. Not to get into the A vs B, I never been on an airbus so I don't want to prejudge it, but on VS which is a better plane to take, the B747-400 or the A340-600.

Thanks

PS-- I am more inclined to go with Airbus, only because I never been on one before, and I have been on a 747. But as of now, the timetable looks like not in my favour as I rather leave late and land early in London, opposed to the other way around.

[Edited 2007-04-27 18:00:46]

User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week ago) and read 4438 times:

Quoting CaptainJon (Reply 12):
I am more inclined to go with Airbus, only because I never been on one before, and I have been on a 747. But as of now, the timetable looks like not in my favour as I rather leave late and land early in London, opposed to the other way around.

According to Flightaware, VS4 and VS10, both evening departures from JFK, are 346s.

-Mir



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User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 1 week ago) and read 4437 times:

One option is NW/KL EWR-AMS-LHR/LCY


"If the facts do not conform to the theory, they will have to be disposed of"
User currently offlineBlueShamu330s From UK - England, joined Sep 2001, 2904 posts, RR: 25
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4427 times:

I'd suggest doing the overnight sector to LGW with CO for the slight extra comfort, and then return to NYC on VS (on a CO codeshare) out of LHR and enjoy the service, AVOD and experience.

You should be able to combine the carriers no problem so long as each flight is ticketed CO.

For example:

Mon 16-Jul-07

Newark (EWR)
Depart 18:50
Terminal C to London (LGW)
Arrive 06:55 +1 day
Terminal N 3,458 mi
(5,565 km)
Duration: 7hr 5min
CO
Flight: 18

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

3Economy/Coach Class, Dinner, Boeing 777


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total distance: 3,458 mi (5,565 km)
Total duration: 7hr 5min


Mon 30-Jul-07

London (LHR)
Depart 20:30
Terminal 3 to Newark (EWR)
Arrive 23:10
Terminal B 3,458 mi
(5,565 km)
Duration: 7hr 40min
CO
Flight: 8237
Operated by: VIRGIN ATLANTIC

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

3Economy/Coach Class, AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A340-600


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total distance: 3,458 mi (5,565 km)
Total duration: 7hr 40min



Then you can do a fabulous trip report and compare the two airlines and the 777 and 346 ! (be careful when you book though, as both the 744 and 346 are on the EWR run this summer).

Shamu

[Edited 2007-04-28 00:10:47]


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User currently offlineCaptainJon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4412 times:

Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 15):
I'd suggest doing the overnight sector to LGW with CO for the slight extra comfort, and then return to NYC on VS (on a CO codeshare) out of LHR and enjoy the service, AVOD and experience.

excellent idea. i'll see what is available and what i can do. i better not forget my notebook so i can write notes during the trip. i always have my camera so that wont be a problem. i much rather prefer EWR over JFK. I'm much closer to EWR.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4376 times:

Quoting BlueShamu330s (Reply 15):
I'd suggest doing the overnight sector to LGW with CO for the slight extra comfort, and then return to NYC on VS (on a CO codeshare) out of LHR and enjoy the service, AVOD and experience.

You should be able to combine the carriers no problem so long as each flight is ticketed CO.

I did this two Christmases ago. The outbound was CO18 EWR-LGW (772), and the return was VS1 LHR-EWR (744).

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
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